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Bibelot - Dessert Boutique South Melbourne
Fashion, Home, Music, Travel

This Month I’m…

My May is pretty flat out – lots of commitments (both work and play) – business travel, a friend’s wedding, catch ups and farewells and, well, you get the idea. In between all that, this month I’m…

Listening to my May Playlist on Spotify. It’s got everything from French hip hop to a cover of Stand By Me(!).

I’m trialling FitBit Premium (it’s free to try and just $60 AUD a year). You already know I’m hooked on my FitBit, but this takes it to a new level, pushing you to go the extra mile (er, no pun intended).

I’m booking hotels for a trip later in the year to the Greek Islands. My current go-tos for gorgeous hotels are Tablet Hotels (curated selection of the best-of-the-best), Jetsetter (a Trip Advisor edit) and Hello World (a modern-day travel agency).

I’m shopping for boots, and currently eyeballing these beauties by Laurence Dacade (below) but at $890 AUD, remain unconvinced. All recommendations welcome!

Laurence Dacade Pete Boots
I’m extremely excited to be meeting with The Den Interiors to discuss some serious overhauling of our house which is about a year overdue.

I’m eating all the goodies I can get my hands on at Melbourne’s new dessert boutique, Bibelot (top). “A dessert boutique?!” I hear you say? Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

Finally, I’m wearing all the Uniqlo mens crew neck merino wool sweaters ($50 AUD) I can get my hands on. I need to take an extra small, but it’s a true crew neck, fits better than the women’s and damn do they last and last and last.

 

The Kettle Black
Travel

A local’s guide to Melbourne in a weekend

We had friends visiting from interstate recently, and whilst Melbourne isn’t my hometown I’ve lived here for some years now, and thought I’d share with you my go-to checklist when I’m trying to show the place off. Minimal tourist traps, maximum real deal.

Brunch
It’s a very well documented fact that few cities take their brunch as seriously as Melbourne (even our northern siblings aren’t nearly quite so particular). Seldom alcohol fuelled, the Melbourne brunch revolves around the city’s beverage of choice: coffee. Steer clear of those in obvious hotspots and instead do your homework and find something in the ‘burbs (or at least not on a main road). A wait is almost inevitable (20 minutes or more isn’t unusual), but you’ll increase your likelihood of scoring a table fast if you have no more than four people and arrive between 9 and 9.30am. There are literally hundreds of worthy contenders, but I’ve recently enjoyed The Kettle Black (shown above), Cornershop and Ora Specialty Coffee. Mart 130 has stood the test of time for a reason (and not just because of the novelty factor; it’s located in an old tram stop).

Events
I’m not sure any other city in the world is quite so busy as Melbourne. No matter the time of year you visit, there’s a sporting or cultural event to get into. In very rough chronological order, in any given year Melbourne plays host to: The Australian Open (tennis), Laneway Festival (music), Footscray East Meets West Chinese New Year Festival, White Night (arts), St Kilda Festival, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion WeekMelbourne Food and Wine Festival, Formula One Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne International Comedy FestivalAFL season and grand final, Taste of MelbourneMelbourne Spring Fashion Week, Spring Racing Carnival (horse racing), Boxing Day Test (cricket)… and they’re only the biggest ones which immediately spring to mind. The point is, whatever your persuasion and no matter the time of year you visit, there is undoubtedly a world class event scheduled. On top of these there are also countless major art installations (check out , concerts, shows, open air cinemas and other such joys to discover.

Trenery

Shopping
To be totally fair, with the advent of online shopping, any particular city can hardly lay claim to having the market cornered on this one. If you’re travelling though, it makes sense to me that you’d want to return with something you can’t get at home. Take it from me, Toorak Road (Toorak) and High Street (Armadale) are the new Chapel Street, filled with beautiful multi-label boutiques and flagship stores of Australian designers. The laneways of Melbourne city are also most certainly worth a wander. If you’re visiting from overseas, Australian high street stores Saba, Cue, Sportscraft, MarcsWitchery, Country Road and Trenery are all worthy of a visit.

Lucy Liu

Hit the town
It’s been a seriously long time since I’ve been to a nightclub, so my version of hitting the town now involves cocktail lounges and delectable dinners. It seems every few weeks there’s a hot new restaurant in town, so rather than trying to cover the latest I’ll tell you my current favourites… Maha (Middle Eastern), Ezard (Australian Freestyle), Pastuso (Peruvian), Red Spice Road (South East Asian), Hutong Dumpling Bar (Hong Kong dumplings!), Mamasita (Mexican), Lucy Liu (Multicultural Asian… still not sure exactly what that is, but a delicious sample above) and Woodland House (Modern Australian). As for those cocktails, be sure to check out Eau De Vie (if you can find it), Sweatshop Bar, Madame Brussels (extreme kitsch) and Lui Bar (extreme decadence). Like kick-ass restaurants though, there are many so if cocktails are your thing too, there are many more to choose from.

Get out
Yes, our weather can be crazy unpredictable. It’s not an exaggeration to say we experience all seasons in a day. But in those beautiful moments Melbourne has a lot of outdoors to offer. I’m a big fan of the running tracks around the botanical gardens (The Tan) and Albert Park Lake (also where the Formula One Grand Prix track is located). If you like a good garden, Carlton Gardens are pretty gorgeous too. In the warmer months Melbourne also has a number of outdoor cinemas. Check out Moonlight Cinemas in the botanical gardens, Ben and Jerry’s cinema on St Kilda beach and Rooftop Cinema at the top of Curtin House in the CBD. In the very same months, you’ll also find a bunch of hawker type markets, like the Night Noodle Markets at Birrurung Marr and the Night Market at Queen Victoria Market.

Leave
Finally, if you’re so inclined there’s a rather lot of awesome not far outside Melbourne. Making my list is Daylesford (spa country!), strawberry champagne jam at Domaine ChandonMontalto winery and olive grove for a picnic and viewing of the outdoor sculpture exhibition, the Peninsula Hot Springs and of course… the mighty Brae.

 

The Roger
Boutique Budget, Travel

8 Gorgeous Hotels Under a Hundred Bucks a Night

It’s easy to tell yourself you aren’t travelling to spend time in your hotel room, but really… who wants to spend their nights somewhere that isn’t as nice as home? The good news is whilst a decadent splurge is lovely, it’s not essential to ensure you get your shut-eye somewhere worthy of your Instagram account. Here’s my pick of 8 gorgeous hotels around the world that will set you back under $100.00 USD a night (OK, I’ve cheated on one by $19).

Ace Hotel, New York City
From $95.20 USD / night

The Roger, New York City
From $119.00 USD / night

Hotel Mayet, Paris
From €68.00 / night

Hotel Vondel, Amersterdam
From €65.00 / night

Metropolitian by Como, Bangkok
From ฿3,200 / night

The Stiles Hotel (formerly Hotel Nash), Miami
From $92.65 USD / night

Usha Kiran Palace, India
From ₹4,500 / night

This last one is a shoutout to my husband… he’s got a significant birthday this year and, well… Firenze is always a good idea.

Hotel Home, Florence
From €63.20 / night

 

One Fine Stay Elm Place
Travel

5 Luxury Hotel Basics

Unless you’ve never travelled (and even then) you’re probably familiar with the star rating system used by many hotels as an indicator of quality. Unfortunately there’s no internationally consistent set of measures however and combined with the abundance of online reviews, it seems that star ratings are going the way of the polar ice caps.

That said, online reviews suffer pretty much the same problem – the standards and criteria of one person won’t be the same as the next, and when you’re talking about relying on a set of words on a page concocted by a complete stranger, well… how is that any better than the star ratings?

Sadly, I don’t have the answer. I do however, know that I have pretty high standards which increase exponentially as the nightly rate goes up. So without further ado, here’s my list of 5 basic things I expect a luxury hotel to get right.

1. High-end toiletries and other such paraphernalia. Now is not the time to try and pass off home brand anything as custom, bespoke or luxe unless it’s some sort of colab with a well-known brand. From body lotion to tea and everything in between, I want to be able to put a bit of a value on those little luxuries.

One Fine Stay - Orchard Loft

OK, so they call themselves ‘unhotels’ but the rather luxe One Fine Stay offer Kiehl’s toiletries (amongst other little delights) in all their apartments.

2. Quiet. Whether I’m staying in downtown New York or the middle of nowhere in outback Australia, I don’t want to be able to hear my fellow guests, hotel staff or the partygoers enjoying the rooftop bar.

Denis Private Island

Three words describe Denis Private Island: no shared walls.

3. A balance of technology and practicality. Free wifi is a given, but equally when I turn the lights out at night I don’t want to have to unplug everything just to get the room dark.

4. A concierge that seriously knows their stuff. I don’t want cliched recommendations about the local restaurant with picture menus where they get a clip for sending me there. A concierge worth of their title at a luxury hotel knows about the hot spots before it’s hit the ‘gram.

Loews Regency Hotel

Whilst the requests they are rumoured to have catered to might sound outrageous, the concierge team at Loews Regency Hotel consider them all part of the job.

5. Something approximating perfection. Call me whine-y, but for upwards of a few hundred bucks a night I feel like it’s reasonable to expect a spiffy paint job, zero stains and common areas in tip-top condition.

Fussy? Maybe. But to me, luxury must be good value, otherwise it’s just expensive.

The Bale - Nusa Dua
Boutique Budget, Travel

Stay Bali

It’s true; there are two kinds of Bali. The loud, beer-soaked, sunburnt kind and the seriously luxe, chic version. Fortunately, neither is particularly expensive. I can’t help with the former, but here’s my pick of luxurious places to stay on the island, each of which starts under $300 USD a night.

The Bale - Nusa Dua

The Bale, Nusa Dua – lots of light, lots of space, zero children. Perfect. From $283.00 USD

L Hotel Lifestyle Suite Bedroom

L Hotel, Seminyak – a more metropolitan style than you’d expect in Bali (L Hotel wouldn’t be out of place in downtown New York), this is the place to stay when you plan on spending your trip flitting between the beach and the bar. From $98.00 USD

Alila - Ubud

Alila, Ubud – bliss without a beach in sight – think volcanic mountains brushed with lush jungle. From $218.00 USD

Hu'u Villas - Seminyak

Hu’u Villas, Seminyak – Loft-style living, for when you want to pretend you’re still at home but the weather is mysteriously awesome and everything is much cheaper. From $295.00 USD a night.

The Amala Pool Villa Bedroom
The Amala, Seminyak
 – Secluded? Spacious? Seminyak? It might seem like an impossible trio, but Amala makes it happen. From $153.00 USD a night.

The Menjangan

The Menjangan, Buleleng – Isolated and genuine, The Menjangan and its surrounds offer a version of Bali only a relative few ever see. From $145.00 USD a night.

Uma by Como

Uma by Como, Ubud – Be warned: Uma hotels are the modestly-priced gateway drug to the absolute luxury that is Como. Simple styling amongst traditional details without being fussy. From $202.50 USD a night.

 

Barbacoa Bali
Eat & Drink, Travel

Eat Bali

To regular readers it will be clear that Bali is a longtime favourite at The Lifestyle Department. Warm, cheap and close (if you live in Australia or Asia, anyway), it’s got a lot to offer. Well, I’m here to tell you it now has another weapon in it’s arsenal: foodie hotspot. Bali it seems, is making a play as the foodie getaway destination of the Asia Pacific region.

We recently revisited some delicious old friends and discovered some new, finding meal after meal of moreish morsels and thoroughly quaffable drinks. Here’s what made the list.

Mister Zimi - Shot at Motel Mexicola

Mister Zimi – shot at Motel Mexicola

Laid-back

Revolver Espresso (Seminyak) – down an alley in a cool, kooky room you’ll find , Melbourne-standard coffee alongside fantastic brunch fare until 6pm. Coffee aside, we scoffed the juices, sliders and the jerk chicken quesadilla. Also see the newest addition to the Revolver family – Baby Revs (102 Jalan Petitenget).

Watercress (Kerobokan) – delicious, delightful, delovely. Get it in your face.

Betelnut Cafe (Canggu) – healthful, organic and locally priced. It’s a trifecta.

Motel Mexicola (Seminyak) – a whole lotta tasty and a whole lotta fun. Ole!

Mozaic Bali

Mozaic Bali

Luxe

Mamasan (Seminyak) – slick and smart with a menu to match, it’s allllll good but don’t leave without trying a coconut and lychee crush.

Sarong (Seminyak) – eco-friendly, sustainable and organic produce from local suppliers. Get a table outside and enjoy this modern take on Asian fare.

Merah Putih (Seminyak) – mouthwatering modern Indonesian food in a stunning setting – think cathedral meets giant bonsai forest. Be sure to try the rendang steamed buns and the slipper lobster.

Barbacoa (Kerobokan) – the home of the hip and happening crowd, this warehouse space exudes Latin American style bites. We’re crazy for the burnt carrot and the Cuban pulled pork slider which frankly justifies the airfare alone.

Mozaic (Ubud) – Indonesian food done fine dining (degustation) style.

La Lucciola (Seminyak) – Italian in Indonesia? You bet. Get yours with a seriously authentic Aperol spritz as the sun sets over the ocean.

Hotel Frangos - Daylesford
Destination Dining, Travel

Must Map: Daylesford, Victoria

It’s sort of impossible to say you’ve ‘done’ Victoria without having toured the Great Ocean road to sight the Twelve Nine Apostles, quaffed a few tasty numbers in the Yarra Valley, ventured down a dark alley to a an unsigned restaurant / bar in Melbourne and had your worries blissed away in Daylesford. We recently explored the area to investigate what it has to offer. Want to do the same? Here’s our Must Map for Daylesford…

Daylesford - Must Map

MUST TASTE

There’s no denying it, Daylesford is a foodie’s delight.

Sault Restaurant - Daylesford

Breakfast & Beer

Quirky café with fresh and healthy local produce – friendly staff. New menu on the day as chef had broken his hand so all items were the ones he could cook one-handed! Old comics line the booth seating to keep kids amused. Recommended: potato hash brown, beetroot, goats cheese & greens.

Jimmy’s Bar

Attached to Frangos and Frangos, Jimmy’s Bar is cosmopolitan enough to pass for a city bar, but cozy in the kind of way only a somewhere in the country can be. The perfect spot to start (or finish) your night.

Passing Clouds Winery - Daylesford

Passing Clouds Winery

Cold climate vineyard and winery in nearby Musk backed by two generations making wine sine 1974. Award winning pinots (closer to French style than typical Australian pinots due to climate and methods), beautiful unoaked chardonnay and a rather special organic syrah – round off the delicious selection. Don’t forget to say hi to the aptly named vineyard dog called Nillo as in temperanillo.

Sweet Decadence

Hands down the most decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever find, alongside handmade chocolates, all in a cosily inviting coffee shop on cold/wet day.

The Chocolate Lover

Sweet tooth not yet satisfied, or just looking for a delicious something to take home with you? A The Chocolate Lover you’ll find utterly amazing chocolate creations, beautifully presented to wow the lucky recipient (or -ahem- delight yourself).

Sault Restaurant

Picking your favourite part of Daylesford is rather like being asked to select the most exquisite star in the night sky, but if we had to pick one, Sault would very likely win the crown. If you can tear yourself away from the view of a delightfully lit verandah taking in views of the lake, you’ll find Sault sports a Spanish chef, offering a tapas style entrée menu followed by a beautifully presented more traditional mains menu using regional seasonal produce. Not one to overlook a single detail, coffee is served with delectable and unique white chocolate and lavender cookies.  Despite the very fine surroundings, Sault is refreshingly child friendly (whilst being carefully sensitive to other diners) supplying high chairs, crayons and books to entertain little minds.

Sault Restaurant - Daylesford

MUST DO

Need a break from all those massages and munchies? Oh, OK.

Daylesford

Convent Gallery

A former convent which now boasts a series of spaces; chapel, retail, café, gallerys, one penthouse accommodation and museum. Some untouched parts such as the hall next to the bell tower, formerly used as the nuns infirmary, gives you a glimpse of the past. Beautiful windows and atriums throughout flood the convent with light even on a wet and grey day.

Perhaps it’s a case of define intervention, but here we found the lightest and most delicious scones we’ve ever had. The genuinely amazing Morroccan orange cake, coffee and scrumptious teas are also worth a mention.

Of course, there is a major focus on art, with several of the spaces hosting numerous exhibitions as well as consignment pieces throughout the building with an emphasis on emerging artists.

Relaxed home-style accommodation is also available here in a separate house – monastiraki.com.au.

 

MUST HAVE

Don’t go home empty-handed! Take a little Daylesford with you.

Scones in Daylesford

The Mill Markets

Collectables antiques, vintage, fashion & industrial as far as the eye can see – sift through the kitsch for finds. Here’s where you’ll discover those treasures you’ll brag about to friends for years (and generations) to come.

Brick Lane Bazaar

An intriguing store selling true retro, collectables, vintage, vinyl and jewellery – not the usual junk you tend to find in many towns.

Gourmet Larder

Stock up here for a delicious weekend in.

Frangos and Frangos in Daylesford

MUST STAY

Daylesford may just be the world’s capital of gorgeous boutique accommodation options. We’ve narrowed it down to two of the best.

Frangos

Frangos and Frangos

Equal parts quirky and luxurious, this gorgeously boutique hotel is richly decorated in heavy fabrics, perfect for a decadent weekend in. If you’re a fan of interior design, you’ll love the adventurous stylings here… and if you love your first stay you can collect the set – each room is styled differently and all contain Jim Frangos pieces.

Lake House

It’s famous for a reason folks, not least because you can walk between the hatted restaurant and your room. Come. Stay. Find out why.

 

Download a large high-quality version of the map to print here – Daylesford – Must Map 

Robot Show Dancer
Boutique Budget, Travel

12 Hours In Tokyo

To celebrate Jetstar’s first direct Melbourne to Tokyo flight, we spent 12 intoxicating hours in the world’s most high-impact city. Here’s how it went down. 

Fast paced and bustling in every direction, Tokyo is intimidating at first but it doesn’t take long to fall in love with this true urban jungle. My time in the city was brief, but plenty long enough to sow the seed of what is sure to be a life-long romance.

It would be impossible to experience everything that Tokyo has to offer in a lifetime, let alone a day. By sticking to the same general area, making sure everything was reasonably close by and easy to get to, I was able to fill 12 hours with a series of wonderful and varied Japanese experiences.

Here’s a look at 12hrs in Tokyo from 10am to 10pm, in the Shinjuku-Shibuya district.

The famous Shibuyu crossing in Tokyo, the busiest intersection in the world

Shibuya crossing

A great place to start as it’s conveniently located next to Shibuya Train Station, is the fantastic Shibuya crossing, made famous in the west by Sophia Coppola’s film, Lost in Translation.

Pedestrians wait patiently on the sidewalk, and when that little man turns green everyone enters the intersection at once, from all directions. It’s a minute of organized chaos. Fascinating to watch and an exhilarating, real Tokyo experience.

Shopping at Shibuya 109

Shopping at Shibuya 109

This enormous and on-trend mall has a dedicated tower for men’s and women’s fashion. They stand opposite each other on either side of Shibuya Crossing. The malls are unlike any shopping experience you will find elsewhere in the world; rather than being spread out these slim towers just go up and up and up. There are levels upon levels of little boutiques, and you’re sure to find something you can’t live without in each one. Be warned though, Japanese sizes run very small compared to the west and some may find it disheartening.

Lunch at Genki Sushi

Lunch at Genki Sushi near Forever 21

I was surprised to discover that sushi is much harder to find in Japan than it is in Australia, but this sushi experience is so much better than boring store-front sushi shops that we’re used to. Diners each get their own booth and select their food from a touchscreen menu, to have it fly at them minutes later on a conveyor belt. You will see yours and other diners’ food shoot around the room, freshly made straight from the kitchen. With low prices in English and the ability to see what you’re ordering, this restaurant is very traveller friendly; and trust me, that’s what you’ll be wanting in this busy and confusing area.

Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Experience Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Consider taking cash only for this leg of your trip as here you’ll find yourself wanting one of everything. Takeshita Street is known for its Kawaii style, and is the center for everything Harajuku-style. From burger or hotdog printed socks to kitty backpacks and platform canvas sneakers, you’ll find all the kitsch you could ever want in Takeshita Street. Surprisingly, this is where you’ll discover a lot of vintage clothes and accessories, too. Takeshita Street is also the place to try proper Japanese crepes in Tokyo.

Yoyogi Park

Meiji Jingu Shrine and museum at Yoyogi Park

Just across the road from the entrance to Takeshita Lane you’ll find Yoyogi Park. The park is more like a sizeable and stunning forest, with a few large paths running through it. In the centre of the park is the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a little bit of history in the centre of a modern city. There is also a museum in the park that is worth a visit for only 500 Yen entry.

Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens

Shinjuku Gyoen Gardens

With traditional French, English and Japanese gardens, you won’t become bored with the landscape while walking through these huge gardens. If you’re short on time, the highlight is perhaps the greenhouse, for its intense aromas. about a delightful feature of these gardens is that they change with the seasons; so visiting in the winter will be an entirely different experience to visiting in the spring. I just missed out on the cherry blossoms, but it was still breathtakingly beautiful.

The incredible show from Robot Restaurant, a must see in Tokyo

Dinner and a show at Robot Restaurant

Robot Restaurant simply can’t be missed. If you haven’t heard of it, well, in the immortal words of Molly Meldrum – do yourself a favour and find out. It’s difficult to describe, but expect girls in bikinis, guitar playing robots, unbelievable costumes, lights, music, pole dancing, percussion, giant robots (and lots of them), weird and wonderful props, a huge cow and toys that children and adults could only dream of. This one of a kind performance is unforgettable. If it sounds crazy, it’s because it is. You can dinner eat here or at any of the wonderful little restaurants situated in the same area. Tickets are $60.00 AUD excluding food and drinks, but it’s worth every last cent and more.

Admire the neon city of Shinjuku

By the time the show is finished it should be dark out, which means that Tokyo will have transformed from its daytime façade into the incredible neon city that it is. Uber-urban Shinjuku is absolutely stunning in the day, but ten times so at night. I really can’t emphasize that enough. It’s a great area to just explore and while you wander with the entire world moving around you at super speed, take it all in: Tokyo just being its wonderful self.

 

Mardy travelled to Japan courtesy of Jetstar on their first direct Melbourne to Tokyo flight. Direct routes and fantastic prices? You’ve officially run out of excuses. 

Smokin - Jaffna
Travel

Travel Portraits: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Sartorial Style - Jaffna

Looking for a travel opportunity that goes beyond the unexpected? Sri Lanka it seems is the new frontier – a travellers’ and photographers’ paradise. Wonderfully talented and humble travel photographer James Collins recently visited Jaffna, on the far north of the island and was generous enough to share his photo diary with us.

Together with Jan Brunaes and armed with a Leica M and a Hasselblad the two tackled the city, taking a very interesting variety of travel photography: travel portraiture. Here, you see something far more powerful than a postcard-perfect scene and begin to appreciate the rich tapestry of history, stories and culture that make up this country.

Jaffna is currently well off the tourist trail, only recently emerging from a harsh civil war. Plenty of scars remain but in contrast, James told us of some amazingly friendly people. As the photos show, they loved having their photo taken. Tourists, James predicts, will soon come to this part of the world as it’s simply too beautiful to stay hidden forever. Looking for a trip devoid of the tourist cliche? Your window of opportunity is limited. 

Interested? James advises support from a local travel agent is essential to arrange the intricate logistics (internal flights in a 6 seater plane, a driver and most importantly plenty of insider knowledge).

James will be back in Sri Lanka towards the end of 2014. A very limited number of spots available are in the tour party for passionate/budding photographers. Keen? Contact James directly.
Travel Luxe Feature
Travel

Luxe Travel On A Budget

As we get ready to celebrate Jetstar‘s maiden voyage to Japan with a whirlwind 3 nights in the home of geisha, onsen, bullet trains and ramen, we got thinking – just because you’re travelling on a budget, surely it doesn’t mean it can’t be a little luxe?! Here’s how we’re injecting a dose of the good life into the trip…

Travel Luxuries

Clockwise from top left…

Stock up on your favourite magazines and books without carrying around the weight on an Apple iPad mini from $349.00 AUD. Layer for warmth, cover up in religious areas and generally get your style on with a spectacular wool and silk blend digital print scarf from Good & Co (this print is Maui’s Marvel – $249.00 AUD).

Stick all your loot in something bendable, foldable, scrunchable and generally go-anywhere. We’re addicted to Celine’s vertical cabas totes, approximately $900.00 USD at Fashionphile. Keep your keys, hotel card and any other trinkets handy with a slick key charm you’ll be able to spot anywhere. Similar available at Coach from $50.00 AUD.

If ever an occasion called for fancy toothpaste, it’s when upgrading your cheap travel. We’re suckers for the packaging and flavours offered by Marvis ($12.95 AUD). Cinnamon, liquorish or ginger mint anyone?

Make any hotel room seem instantly more chic with an uber-luxe travel candle. This gorgeous little one by Voyager is just $24.95 AUD and the scent is inspired by Tokyo (perfect or what?).

Hydrate yourself from head to toe in flight and for the duration of your journey with decadent oils. Try this award-winning 20 day course of spelt germ oil (£80.00 by AEOS) for a glowing visage on your return and keep those limbs looking luscious with the cult Huile Prodigieuse by Nuxe ($24.95 AUD for 50ml at Adore Beauty).

Finally, pack smart with a cleanser and makeup remover in one. Trust us, you’ll be grateful at the end of your long days exploring. We’re fans of the new Mecca Cosmetica Clean Slate, $46.00 AUD.

Bon voyage!